Army captain, two guerrillas killed in Kashmir
26 September 2006
Indo-Asian News Service
Srinagar: An Indian Army captain and two separatist guerrillas were killed in a five-hour fierce gun battle in north Kashmir Tuesday.The Indian army spokesperson said troops of 14 Rashtriya Rifles (RR) surrounded Sumlar village near Bandipore, 45 km from here, Tuesday morning on a specific information about the presence of guerrillas in a house in the village.'One specific house was surrounded and hiding militants opened heavy fire at the RR raiding party. An RR officer, Captain Vishal Bhandral was critically injured in the heavy firing by the militants. He later succumbed to his injuries,' the spokesperson said.He said all the family members in the house were evacuated safely by the troops. 'Thereafter a fierce gun battle ensued which continued till late this afternoon. Two hiding militants were gunned down by the security forces,' he said.'The operation is still in progress,' the spokesperson added late Tuesday evening.'Two AK-47 rifles, five grenades, six magazines and one UBGL were recovered from the site of encounter.'